Mama Said Knock You Out: Scandal Episode 315 Recap
Now that we’ve mourned the first main character who died on Scandal, we gotta deal with the messy aftermath. Typically, this show cleans up some mess before introducing new mess but it’s a mess tornado right now. Everything is topsy turvy and no one is on their feet at the moment. Let’s just get into the mess.
Not Ready – Olivia’s stomping through the White House and stops in the private press room to tell a reporter that they need to push back the interview with the First family. He tells her that if they aren’t ready at the time planned, 64 minutes from that time, then he’s gonna assume whatever he wants and still go live. Oop. Live stomps around and opens a room door where the older Grant kids (Jerry and Karen) are in. She tells them they all need to talk.
Aw damb. Whappened? Why it happen?
24 Hours Before – President Ghost and Mellie are getting dressed for dinner with their older kids who they’re nervous about seeing (because it’s been 2.5 seasons and this is our first time seeing them). It’s just dinner but it’s the most awkward thing ever, as the teenagers make it clear that they aren’t here for their parents at all. They’re super silent and distant. It’s also interesting to note that Lil Jerry looks JUST like Fitz’s daddy, Big Jerry. MMHMM! sips tea And he sounds like James Earl Jones, which is fascinating.
Nosy Gladiators – The Gladiators (and David) are in the OPA office scheming on collecting information on B613 and how they get funded because they are really about this “take them down” life. Huck pulls Liv to the side and tells her “we shouldn’t be doing this. It’s suicide.” At least somebody got sense here. She ain’t tryna hear him, doe.
Questioning Quinn – Charlie and Quinn are in the car and he’s asking her for details on what happened when Huck broke into her place. She neglects to mention that he kissed her but she talks about the other stuff, like being pushed on the wall. The Sugar Assassin asks for more details, and it turns out that there’s a dude in the trunk and they’re on a mission.
War Room Wonders – Back at the White House, the President and his staff are in the War Room, and they’re talking about some dudes named Ivan and Dmitri. They got their eyes on them. If we remember last week’s episode, Ivan is the dude that Maya Lewis (aka Mama Pope) wanted to meet with but when he didn’t show up, she offed one of his dudes. Uh oh. When the meeting ends, Fitz tells Cyrus that it was a “beautiful funeral.” YOU’RE WELCOME, CYRUS! I planned an amazing homegoing for your boo!
West Wing Wantonness – Olivia and Fitz are in the Oval Office sucking face and in another room next door, Mellie and Governor Nichols are doing the same. Look at all this wrong thirst happening. Were they pumping the smell of chocolate through the White House vents? Anywho, Liv exits the Oval Office and a couple of seconds later, she sees Mellie leave the other room she was in, with Andrew right after her. Chile… Liv walks up to him and tells him to leave FLOTUS alone because the last thing they need is a sex scandal. He gives the perfect reply with “Glass houses.” OOOOOPPPP!
She sure did try it. Perched in a house made of tin foil and throwing pellets. I need her to occupy EVERY SEAT in that doggone West Wing.
Stop Digging – Olivia gets a call from her not so sweet Papa and he tells her to stop digging into B613, because it’s raising alarms. The fact that she thought she could actually inquire about their logistics without raising eyebrows shows how naïve she can be sometimes. Rowan loves his baby girl, doe, because he got folks to STFU about her nosiness as a favor to him. She says “You told me I’m supposed to drag everyone into the light. That means B613 too, Dad.” Girl, B613 ain’t everyone!
Drilling Quinn – Charlie’s asking Quinn for more info on her encounter with Huck and she keeps telling him everything except for the part where he kissed her. What she forgets is that Charlie knows Huck’s motives and tactics best since they’ve been frenemies for such a long time. All this as they play “drill-a-dude” with the person they captured.
Spoiled Grants – Olivia told the Gladiators to dig into the lives of the older Grant kids because they’re both shifty as hell and super shady looking. It’s also hilarious that Jerry got the voice of a grown ass man. Anywho, they find out that he’s behind an anti-Grant Twitter account and he was planning on rocking a “Reston” t-shirt for the interview. When President Ghost confronts them, they show out. These damb chilrun. Malia would never.
Karen stomps out and Olivia follows her only to catch Mellie and Nichols pants down, mouth open.
Spooked Adnan – Adnan is officially petrified of Mama Pope. I don’t know what she expected when she got in bed with a snake. You will get bit! And that’s why she shows up to the Olivia Pope and Associates offices, looking for protection from her in exchange for information she gives them. Liv is about to put her out when Harrison tells her that he owes her a favor. Adnan wants immunity, since conspiring with a goon wanted by every agency of the government is so far beyond a crime that she’d be UNDER the jail.
Drama Was the Case – Mellie tries to talk to Karen and the girl flips out on her mother for being a hypocrite. “You were on your knees with Uncle Andrew!” Maybe she was praying to his waist. YOU DON’T KNOW THINGS, KAREN! In the Oval Office, President Ghost has summoned Jake and asked for Dmitri, because he knows he has him. Command ain’t tryna hear it though and Ghost puffs out his chest and tries to pull rank.
“I am the Commander in Chief.” “And I am Command which means you don’t tell me to do anything because I am not your bitch… I make sure America sleeps at night. You will not get your ball back.” ALLEY-OOP!
Every single time POTUS Ghost tries to pull rank, folks shut his yansh down super proper. “LOLOLYOUDONTHAVEANYPOWER.” He stays getting his ass handed to him.
Cyrus storms into the office and lunges for Jake, and he ends up hemmed up by him quickly. But he’s so angry that he tries to fight him again and security comes in to pull him off. Jakes excuses himself as Cy shakes with rage and turns bright red, mad that his boo was killed. Really, he knows it’s his fault because HE ordered a hit out on Publius before finding out James was it. But Cyrus tryna fight Jake is like watching a roach attack an elephant. Sir, you’re lucky you ain’t die.
The Help – Olivia’s at the White House gate getting security clearance when her phone rings. It’s the lady who birthed her, asking for Adnan back. She tells her mama no and gets read for filth with “You think you’re family but you are nothing but the help but you don’t even know it.”
GAHTDAMB DAWG! Liv is smart, kind and important, huh? Whew…. But Mama Pope ain’t told a lie there.
Ginghamless Gladiator – At OPA, Adnan is telling Harrison that he ain’t have to betray her like he did. They coulda worked together. But he said he had to do what he had to do.
She then tries to seduce him and when he decides not to go, she just drops her underdraws and sits down and lets him get a good view. I noticed that he didn’t have on his Gladiator armor, gingham. I knew that was trouble.
Tea Spilled – Olivia is trying to get Mellie together for this interview but methinks Drunk Mellie is in the building. She wants Liv to push it back because she is not ready for it. That’s when Liv goes to the reporter and he ain’t tryna give the extension so she heads to the kids’ room. Fitz walks in and wonders why only he’s dressed and Karen spills the tea out that Mellie was getting down with Uncle Andrew. SOMEONE GET A MOP. CLEANUP ON AISLE THREE! President Ghost immediately bolts straight to his VP candidate and DAAAMMMBBB!! GOVERNOR NICHOLS GOT KNOCKED THE FUGG OUT!
HuckleberryQuinn – Jake sends Quinn on a solo mission, and it’s to meet with Huck. She’s there because Liv’s goon wants to meet with Command to ask him to let Quinn go. When his mentee wonders why he’s tryna save her allasudden when he was just tryna render her toothless, he says things have changed. And then they have this long messy kiss and my last meal wanted to make an encore appearance. EEWWWWWWWWWW! I need Shonda to stop with these HuckleberryQuinn lust scenes. They get worse each time.
Freaking Gladiator – Harrison finally gave in to Adnan and they’re all boom chicka wah wahing all over his desk at the OPA office. WHY AINT NOBODY USING PRICELINE FOR THEIR RENDEZVOUS?!? You better name your price on a hotel! Why is everyone acting like the secks won’t be good if it ain’t done where the door got locks? Hot mess all around!
Command vs. Command – Jake stops at the Smithsonian to tell Rowan to stay out his damb business. The King of Reading tells him that he is alone in this work and he can’t be looking to him for a thing. “YOU ARE ALONE. YOUR PATH IS NOT MY PATH.” “Thank you for reminding me that when I decide to kill you, I need to do it all by myself.” All this testosterone. Heyyyyyy!
Papa Pope looking like “I ain’t never scurred.” YES!
What Did You Lose? – Mellie goes to Fitz and tries to give him ice for the fist he used to give her lover a shiner and he flips OUT! He tells her to remember when she told him 14 years ago that having a baby changed her and she was no longer a sexual being. “I spent 10 years with a wife who wouldn’t let me touch her.” Shit, Fitz. I woulda cheated on Mellie too. I’m terrible. He tells her that she’s ruined their marriage because it seems she just wasn’t attracted to him. She retorts with “I have given my life for you.” “What you’ve done is deny me love…” He asks her over and over again “What have you lost? What did you lose?” and she won’t answer him. What he doesn’t know is that she lost EVERYTHING. When his father raped her, she lost so much but made sure he gained that seat.
Olivia opens the door and tells them to focus on solutions. Fitz turns around and yells “I AM SPEAKING TO MY WIFE!!!” WELL DAMB! Yes he surely is, Liv. She leaves, hurt because the truth just punched her in the face.
Mellie should tell Fitz, instead of resenting him for what his father did to her. And Fitz NEEDS to know so he sees she’s sacrificed for him. But their conversation ends, shining light on how their marriage became the shell it is. Neither side is blameless but both sides have deep hurts.
Hey, Maid – As Olivia is leaving the White House, Cyrus stops her and says he needs her to go back. “Tell me we’re not the help. That I’m not some maid with a mop in my hands cleaning up when they ring the bell.” He can’t tell her that because it’s true but their jobs are necessary. He says he needs her there to be able to cope, now that his partner is dead to the bed and she returns.
Liv walks into the Oval Office and Fitz starts apologizing but she stops him. She says that she’s only back to do her JOB (not him), and since that is ALL she has right now, she cannot afford to fail at that too. He needs to fix his family (at least for the cameras) and he has 20 minutes to do it. President Ghost goes into Mellie’s office, grabs her hand and they walk into the kids’ room together.
Charlie Moves In – Quinn gets home from her meeting with Huck to find Charlie in the kitchen. Homeboy broke his lease and moved in to her house to “protect her” since she refused to move in with him. LAWDDDDD! He’s such a spider monkey boo.
Harrison Hoodwinked – David and Abby return to OPA with documents granting Adnan immunity and they find Harrison nekkid, unconscious and bleeding on the floor. Adnan is with Maya and Ivan, with a jump drive with all the data from Olivia’s computer. They have the entire schedule of the Grant campaign, info on his secret service detail and what type of shampoo she uses. They got EVERYTHING! Harrison’s GOOFASS failed so hard that failure just needs to be called “Harrison.” “Dang, bro. You straight up Harrisoned.”
Family Matters – Cyrus is at home playing with Baby Ella and my heart melted.
The Grants sit down for their interview afterall, looking like one big happy family and in coordinating #alphets of black and blue. Liv hands them Baby Teddy to complete the picture. What did Fitz and Mellie tell the kids to get them to show good behavior? I wonder…
Olivia gets a call and it’s from dear old dad, telling her that B613 isn’t funded by one agency. It’s funded by ALL of them. She asks why he’s giving her that info and he says “we’re family.” He knows good and damb well that it’s because he’s ready to take Jake down so he can get his office and benefits back. Either way though, I like where this is going.
Shonda be tryna tell people bout life through #Scandal, man. Liv ain’t gon win happiness with Fitz still married. As much as some folks say it glorifies infidelity, I beg to differ. Who wants to deal with all this emotional turmoil Liv goes through? She’s been miserable 95% of the time she’s been sleeping with Fitz. Only time she’s happy is during and post-coitus. Afterglow tinz. If you watch Scandal and something in you says “Yes. Married men are the way to go” then get thee to a therapist because you’re a masochist.
That is especially why I don’t have time for the COMPOUND IDIOTS who act like Olivia’s life is what we’d emulate. Anyone with sense won’t want that. I like my men emotionally available and unattached to other women.
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Dem damn kids won’t let Mellie be great and clear alla the cobwebs and tall grasses that have grown in her coochie before ruining the best thing to happen to her in a while.
Ooooooh, I love how Jake went all in on Fitz. Sat down, Mr. Commander-in-Chief, I ain’t your bitch. Also, B6-13 is some scary thing, abeg. They’ve got their noses everywhere, even in Papa Pope’s biz.
Huck and Quinn need to quit alla this licking and sloppy bidness. We ain’t here for it! And Charlie, Charlie is gonna turn out to be one helluva obsessive mofo!
I have kweshuns, please. What was that Adnan did with her panties, please? Is that a thing? What it mean? Is my sex life a lie? Is that how to get a man? Someone tell me, please!
Um no…that is not a thing for decent folks. No one on here is decent though…don’t start going around just taking off you undies in public.
I’m gonna have to politely disagree with you.
I consider myself very decent (though I have no pearls that I clutch). And, I think that between you and your significant other, if y’all all in the house or in a hotel on vacation (or some other private place) and you drop your very beautiful delicates(because in this case you won’t have on granny panties), it could be a very sensual signal of what’s about to go down. No pun intended.
It’s a tease. It’s the reason why songs like “Fire and Desire”, “Turn Off the Lights”, “Freak Me Baby”, “Between the Sheets”, “Love Drug” (Raheem Devaughn),”Let’s Get It On”, “Do Me Baby”, and nearly every Boys II Men slow jam are created and played.
Again…it’s between you and your significant other.
Now, excuse, please, me as I rummage through my lingerie collection in search of something to make my man weak-kneed. Have a good weekend.
True it can be sensual but my SO would rather I not wear any at all in the house. I appease him sometimes but he also feels that no undies is always an open invitation. We’re still working on that…………….
And Luvvie just explained why I am jumping off the Gladiator chariot. I can’t anymore with Olivia.
Why da he’ll do Huck and Quinn keep doing THAT? That ain’t kissing. That’s nasty. I love How Jake snatched Fitz wig Then Rowan snatched Jake’s wig. I was giddy like a lil kid in a candy Store. I live for these reads. I don’t want Mellie to tell Fitz about his dad yet only because it will force him to be compassionate. I like when he is mad at Mellie. It fuels her to go hump the future vp. I like this seks they be making. Liv…. poor dumb Liv. Poor dumb Harris. Just….. ugh. No words.
There were NO MORE WIGS TO BE HAD!!!!
Love that recap, ESPECIALLY the last segment. Who wants to go through that roller coaster Olivia is on? You have to be 50 shades of desperate craziness to go after something like that. Have to
I remember how happy Liv was with Jake initially. Fitz (that clown) wouldn’t let her go. Liv, with her addiction to pain, ran right back to him. Olivia is too good for Fitz and Jake is too good for Olivia. This show irritates me to no end sometimes, but I love these recaps. Can’t quit you, Luvvie!
The way they cut to the First Family sitting on the couch after Papa Goon said family sticks together… GENIUS!!! I love where the show is headed.
Jake smellin himself, Mellie doin the ho stroll, Fitz gettin read left & right, Cyrus done gone batshit, kids actin like they have nan bit of home training, & Olivia trying to be Miss Pearl from church. Then Fitz told Livvy to put on her blinker and stay in her gahtdamn lane. These folk really tryin it….
In A Damn nutshell!
Some combination of three things happened to make those children act right. Fitz and Mellie bribed them, Mellie put some of that hooch in their juice boxes to make the chill the hell out for a minute, or Fritz threatened to put B613 on them. Those kids are prime examples of sparing the rod and spoiling the child. They apparently have had no discipline whatsoever. I don’t care how mad I thought I might have been at my mother, hell if I’d have even looked like I was thinking about raising my voice to her. She would’ve (and still would) knock me all the way out.
And would someone give everyone on this show the number to ADT and a good locksmith? No one has any type of security, and know one knows how to lock a door.
Doors NEVER locked! Shit on Liv’s computer all out in the open, safe all easy to crack. 1-800-ALARM-ME be damned!
My husband said that too! He wondered why no one knew how to lock a door.
right? Liv and Quinn may as well not have front doors the way their menfolk just walk on in anytime they feel like it.
“Maybe she was praying to his waist. YOU DON’T KNOW THINGS, KAREN!” LOL
LOL! Yes, this cracked me up, too!
“Maybe she was praying to his waist”, I done near lost it at my desk!!!
Can someone tell me where I can get a “whip” like Adnan’s ? Every time she takes off her panties, it flies out from it’s “holster” and smacks Harrison across the face.
This episode was THEEEE MOST, but DAMN if Shonda doesn’t know how to use theme to get a point across. The whole lesson of this episode was the last thing Rowan said to Liv — “Family sticks together.” And then we see her turning around to see the Grants and realize, OH YES HONEY, that family is sticking together. Another blogger mentioned how Liv was left on the outs a number of times in this episode, which so clearly pointed out that she is the help. The smart, fast-talking, lip-quivering, cream-wearing, magical-thighs-having help… but the help just the same.
And even in their own twisted way, Liv’s family was sticking together too — Rowan by trying to protect Liv, and then giving information to help her, and Mama Pope giving her that startling wake-up call.
The most fascinating thing about this episode is that all this time, we’ve loved Liv for walking the halls of power, but now the fact that she’s really a high-paid crisis maid got pulled into sharp focus. I mean, BOTH the Grants asked her to know her place in this ep — Fitz with “I AM TALKING TO MY WIFE,” and Mellie with “WHAT ARE WE PAYING YOUR FOR?” Yikes. That stung.
Which is — sobering, honestly. I’m kinda sad about it. Damn, Liv. You da maid.
Liv is the hotdamn butler, lazy Forest Whitaker eye and all!!!!
I think with this episode – with Liv being told to stay in or lane (and/or being forcefully shoved into her lane) we will steer back to seeing Olivia as the fixer. This is what a lot of people have been asking for.
Plus at the end…wasn’t it Liv that handed Baby Teddy to Mellie? That really made me pause. I’m like damn… nowshe’s handling the baby like a nanny?
1. Andrew needed to be told not to mess with Mellie. Olivia shouldn’t have been the one to tell, though.
2. At first I thought that if First Daughter talked to me like that, I’d knock into next week but now…idk…her little world was fully shattered. She knew Daddy was bad but Mommy was still on that pedestal. Still would have mollywhopped First Son for that shirt.
3. Did Mellie climax in front of us?!
4. During a quickie you don’t take EVERYthang off—just open the fly, drop the panties and get to business
5. Fitz was fixing his mouth to say something but he knew Jake was right.
6. The triangle of nastiness–Quinn, Huck, Charlie….ugh. Poor Quinn though, she’s one of those women who thinks it’s cute when her man does crazy stuff.
7. Harrison should have seen that coming. She fccd you over once and will do it again. Again another reason why you don’t take all your clothes off!
8. The Help. I hollered. Nothing but the truth.
9. Daddy Pope still irritates me with his tirades. Jake’s cool demeanor is much more scary.
10. Ella is adorable.
As to #3, I think Fitz has super powers and Uncle Andrew has magic fingers. There’s a lot of sorcery going on!
#7—Right before Adnan hit Harrison up with some of that go to sleep juice I was wondering why in the hell he had his back to her. It reminded me of the action movies when the hero “knocks out” the bad guy and turns his back to walk away and the bad guy tries one more thing (because that’s what bad guys do) & the hero delivers a final fatal blow. Ugh never turn your back to someone you don’t trust. I don’t care if it’s a shifty eyed squirrel. Don’t do it! Damn Harrison, have you seen Lethal Weapon?!
Olivia be smelling herself too much sometimes. That’s why her feelings be all hurt and she have to do the lip quiver. from Glass Houses and the I’m talking to my wife, I mean that was not the time to be all up in Fitz and Mellie business – she got exactly what she went looking for.
I was all in that scene between Fitzelli- because finally I get it – why they hated each other long before the campaign trail. But Mellie honey no one mad you getting some but don’t let that VP Johnson be so good you forget common sense- how you screwing and the whole family and Olivia right there and the damn door unlock?
Am I the only one feeling Huck and Quinn? ok they got body fluid issues, but I kinda like them – Huck and Charlie fighting over Quinn scary cause someone gonna DIE. I just can’t with Jake anymore – that man need to open up a Balls store and sell em – from the president I ain ya bitch, to Cryus – sorry for your loss, to Papa Pope -” when I decide to kill you – he has the walmart of testicle supplies. This episode was everything. I totally agree Olivia life is to messed up for me and anyone who want that go ahead lose ya mind if you want too.
Nope, I too want Huck & Quinn to get it in. If only to eff with Charlie. It’s his fault she got kicked out the circle!
Nope…i’m here for all the HuckleberryQuinn action i can get…cause when they finally do the do, its gonna melt my flat screen.
Yup doe! The sex is going to be Crazy-Hot!
Chile, I’m here for Huck/Quinn as well. I said that last week while everyone was throwing up and dry heaving. It was hot. Minus the excessive body fluids. The tension is building. I just don’t want Huck to let his guard down too much.
Man listen Mellie Mel was getting her some of that good good and her ole hating ass daughter and Liv’s backward ass was just hating. SMH Liv has some damn nerve and I’m not gonna pretend that I felt one iota of pity for her when mama goon read her or when Fitz reminded her of her place. Fitz has no right to be salty by the way. Before he stepped out did he really try everything to make it work other than yelling and screaming for her to talk to him Im not sure he did.
SMH at Harrrison dumbass falling for Adnan’s foolishness and Jake let me tell you power looks good on him but don’t get it twisted boo Rowan ain’t never scared. I actually wish Huck and Quinn would just do it and get it over with and I can’t wait to see what shit is gonna hit the fan next week.
Can someone ANYONE tell me how Karen got here if Mellie was on lockdown after Big Rapey? Are we gonna find out that Mellie had twins and they are BOTH Brother and Sister children to Fitz?
I haz questions.
They had sex of course. What man wouldn’t wine and stomp around until he got his. Of course Mellie gave in once in awhile just to shut Fitz up. So that’s how Karen got here.
Exactly. Even the shower scene back in season 2(?) when she tried to pleasure Fitz and he didn’t want it. Mellie’s sex (w/Fitz) has been functional, not ornamental. She was getting her ornamental in with the VP, though.
I think Karen is the oldest
Nope, Jerry is the oldest.
Was I the only one cheering when they found out that Mellie was mixing the VPs mic like old school rap. Yeeeesss Mellie get yours girl!!!!! On another note Liv is messy, you never walk in on a married couple’s discussion cause given a few more minutes Mellie was gonna spill all of the tea… I feel like a degenerate watching this show sometimes cheering infidelity and murder. I seriously need to sit down and ask some heart to heart questions of my life’s choices.
That picture of the help had me gone to glory!!! Luvvie everything you said was exactly what I was thinking. Huck is in love with Quinn (he said it episodes ago) and hey psychos need love too. I just can’t with Olivia. In the first two seasons she was sharp as a tack. Ever since she became campaign manager to the President, she’s been wack as hell. How you gon tell Andrew and the First Lady to stop messing around and you doing the same thing. Poor Olivia got read and shaded all through this episode.
Listen, a lot of my fellow Olitz lovers are heated, but hunny, what happened last night needed to happen.
I love my Olitz, but i’ve been saying it from season one: Mellitz is end game. But also, Mellie and Mr. Fingers are so sexy. So, i’m so excited to see how everything plays out.
Yes, Mr. Jake. Whew, that man is so damn sexy and bad.
Bring those kids back. That Karen is something else, and i’m all here for it.
And i’m upset that Papa Pope didn’t get to read anyone, maybe next episode.
And last, but not least, Mama Pope. Girl, that woman is FIERCE! And she tells it like it is. Olivia got the gospel in that short phone call. “You are the help”. Lawdy!
This episode & Mama Pope’s line about the help is why I’m back in. Brilliant!
Hey Luvvie!!! Long time lurker who LIVES for your recaps!!!! I have my two cents for this episode. *places two scratched up pennies on Luvvie’s table*
I love that Mellie is getting some but you can tell she ain’t about this adultery life cus… poor thing just sloppy as hell with it!!
Huckleberry Quinn scenes make me uber uncomfortable. Shonda… ugggh!!!!
President Ghost: dude STAYS getting READ for filth!!!
Cyrus: How cute is baby Ella???? I low-key wanna babysit her. All the awwws when Cyrus had gooning on pause and pressed play on daddy life
Olivia: Girl.. wut?? Glass Houses indeed. Why couldn’t she let Mellie and Pres Ghost have it out to the fullest?? When President Ghost said “I am talking to my wife!!!” ALL the welps. Had she stayed outside the door, all her edges would still be firmly in place.
Oh and when Mama Pope said “you don’t even know what you are”… I thought she was gonna call ol girl a garden tool!!! But Mama Pope came in with THE most EPIC read of the night. She said “chile you the maid and UOENO it!!”
Then poor Livy had to hand Mellie the baby at the interview and Mellie all like “Hey maid”
Hey Maid!!!!!!!! I am SCREAMING!!!!!!!!
UOENO IT!!!! that did it. i’ve been officially slayed.
Sitting at my desk stifling my loud chuckles over, “Hey, Maid.” “I see you got on your maid outfit like you always do.” LMAOOO
I was really sad that Luvvie didn’t use the Joseline “Hey Maid” .gif!
I literally imagined that scene when I read “Hey, Maid” I even read it in Joseline’s voice hahahaha
OMG!!! LOUD CACKLES!!! I saw it in Mellie and Olivia’s face when she said “thanks Olivia” LOL!! All I could hear was Joseline.
Great episode. Great recap as usual. I’m just a bit salty that we didn’t get to attend James’ funera since everyone worked so hard to give him a nice home going. Then again, it also makes me wonder if James is really dead, because why is Dan Bucatinsky still doing promos for the show? Unless he will be back as the Ghost of James? Hmmmm…
His butt is dead–he was laying on the sidewalk….
If he comes back as a ghost I am done.
Wouldn’t put it past this show. Shonda gave us ghost sex on Grey’s, remember?
i think he is a writer or producer on the show.
He’s a producer on Grey’s Anatomy.
Dan is still doing promos for the show because he has a professional relationship with Shonda. He is one of the exe producers for Grey’s Anatomy. He’s also not an idiot and knows that Shonda hires the people she likes and trust for all her prodjects. A good 75% of the cast of Scandal have been on one or more of Shonda’s other shows.
In short, he ain’t stupid.
It took me way too long to read the rest of the recap after The Help poster. Lawd! I just about died.
“Mellie should tell Fitz, instead of resenting him for what his father did to her. And Fitz NEEDS to know so he sees she’s sacrificed for him. But their conversation ends, shining light on how their marriage became the shell it is. Neither side is blameless but both sides have deep hurts.”
You ain’t never lied! I was saying all of this last night. It’s obviously not her fault for getting raped, but she is at fault for keeping this to herself and therefore has a heavy hand in why they’re marriage is such crap. They’re supposed to work through this stuff together. A marriage is a team. Hell, Mellie and Fitz need counseling from Abby because her speech to Lemony last week was so on point: ‘What happens to you, happens to me.’
P.S. Liv should’ve stayed with Senator Davis. Yeah, I said it!
I totally agree. Senator Pudding Pop knew her dirt and her shortcomings and loved her in spite of. Even Olivia’s Daddy liked him and that’s a hard man to win over.
Also, I don’t understand why everyone had such a problem with his looks. He’s not of “my body is ready” caliber but he damn sure ain’t ugly.
I’m still bitter at how Edison was portrayed tbh. Or more so, the way many of the viewers received him. I thought Edison was a good guy, who genuinely loved Olivia. I think Liv’s view of what love is supposed is so skewed it couldn’t work out. About Liv’s dad though, didn’t he set Edison up in an accident?
I was in his corner from the beginning, even though most folks were cheering on the adultery between Liv and Fitz.
I vaguely remember the relationship between Rowan and Senator Davis- she brought him to dinner to meet Rowan. But I’m blank after that.
Yes- Senator Pudding Pop! I couldn’t think of his nickname.
Right. He wasn’t ugly at all and was definitely down for all of Liv’s crazy antics.
Daddy Pope didn’t like him either which is how he wound up on that accident. Anyways, Norm Lewis is now on Broadway playing the lead in the Phantom of the Opera, so he does not have time for Fitz’ sloppy seconds or more of Daddy Pope’s thuggery.
I thought Senator Puddin’ Pop was fine! I’d marry him if Liv won’t. He’s smart, gorgeous, funny, AND seems down to earth…that’s a good man, right there.
But, when you’re hung up on someone else, you can’t see what’s right in front of your face no matter how good for you it is.
To an extent, Fitz still shares some blame for their post-rape marital relationship. Because you better believe that if my husband all of a sudden turned away from our marital bed talm’bout some he’s just not a sexual person, I’d be throwing his a$$ in the car and MOST PROMPTLY delivering him to the doctor to make sure something isn’t wrong with him physically/mentally. Because spouses who aren’t so selfish as to only think about what they’re missing out on would do that. Hopefully, Mellie could unload on her doctor then things can start to heal from there, with Fitz eventually being let in on the issue and things getting resolved from there. But no, spoiled brat Fitz only thought about himself, even though it was clear from the flashback that Mellie was hot and ready for her husband when they were first married.
Who can Liv run to? Daddy Pope been reading her. Mama Pope ain’t been out the joint a good month yet and she read her worse than anyone. My feelings are still kind of hurt behind being Liv being called “the help”. Is there a Black woman on planet earth who isn’t “the help”? I mean, even FLOTUS Obama is the help…. Sigh…. Oprah, maybe? Sigh….
All I’m saying is if I had told my mama to shut up like First Daughter did–despite the scandalous ish my mama may have done–I would have been knocked into next year.
Quinn can go. Jake can go.
Give Cyrus the Emmy.
Tony G. did a great job directing this episode!
PS: Y’all talking about when Fitz screamed at Liv that he was talking to his wife but in the next breath he tells her “I’m sorry” in front of his wife? I submit that the “I’m sorry” was more of an offense to Mellie.
Yep! Like did you even mean it or was it just smoke and mirrors?
totally agree! if i remember correctly mel-mel exited stage left when he apologized.
I would agree about “I’m sorry” being an offense to Mellie but Mellie and Liv have gone through this so many times with Fitz.
Liv needs to quote ‘I’m Sorry’ from “For Colored Girls..”
~Save your “sorry.” One thing I don’t need are anymore apologies. I got sorry greeting me at the front door. You can keep yours. I don’t know what to do with them… I can’t even… I have to throw some away. I can’t even get to the clothes in my closet for all the sorries. I’m not even sorry about you being sorry.
Yaaaasssssss! For the For Colored Girls quote. Perfect.
Just a random thought. Before Fitz made Jake Command, I think Papa Pope would have preferred Olivia be with someone in B613–someone he believed had actual power. That’s why he ordered Jake to seduce her to get her away from Fitz. He doesn’t think anyone in the “legitimate” government is worthy. Remember how Papa Pope didn’t like Senator Puddin’ Pop either? Other than being a bore, there really wasn’t anything wrong with him. Anyhoo, Liv need to just be by herself for awhile.
Random thought #2, I really am worried about Baby Ella. I know Cyrus has hired a good nanny, but the she needs a parent more nurturing than Cyrus.
If I remember correctly, Liv only started dating Pudding Pop to get info on B613 because was the head of some senate committee. Papa Pope tried to kill him after Liv refused to break up with him. I don’t think he has a problem with her dating someone in the gov’t just as long as she stays out of B613 business and refrains from mediocre. Neither of which she seems willing to do.
All of these people are so broken and damaged and its like a domino effect…. Lets break it down further shall we….
1) Fitz has always felt like a failure and rejected first from his dad Big Gerry and then when the rape happened Mellie just stopped loving him 10 years is along time to go without with no explanation. Besides the every once in a while sex to have a baby for political gain… Marriage is about intimacy not just sex.
2) Mellie loves and hates her husband at the same time and is resentful of his and liv’s relationship because she can’t love Fitz the way he needs to be loved because of trauma of the rape at the hands of his father.
3) Liv has lived her whole life thinking her mother was dead and that her father was a monster (he is) and only to find out that they are both monsters. So she has no real definition of what real love is suppose to look like
4) Nobody on the damn show can tell the truth
5) Everyone lies to Fitz and keeps his ass in the dark about most stuff so he always looks slow and weak.
Side note: I don’t think that Fitz thinks Liv is the help I think he was just really mad and confused about Mellie sleeping with ole boy when he thought Mellie was frigid in the first place…. I mean that is a lot to deal with for almost 20 years of marriage and he thought he was to blame and he took it out on Liv….. But he has asked Liv 100 times to let him divorce Mellie so that they could be together….. and you don’t build a house for the help…. but at the end of the day its too murch drama for me!!!
as always Luvvie you sealed it.
my 2 cents
Liv needed all of the wake up slaps she got tonight. i never cared for her affair with Fitz. now i absolutely hate it. i need my strong, handling business, sexy, smart, self secured Liv back. in the beginning even if her lovelife was sloppy her business life was on point. but now she can’t even keep a grip on that.
them presidential youngins: disrespectful kids make my palms itch i wanna slap them so bad. you can be as mad as you want but you better remember who you talkin to. even if you did catch me slobbin a knob. but that’s just me. i guess
Harrison sheesh, we finally get you backstory pumpin and you are the punk in it all.
Mama Pope, your fierceness hasnt failed not once.
Papa Pope…there better be an emmy in your future. These filthy reads cannot go for naught.
Jake.. apparently the title of Command automatically gives the gift of reading!! but you still aint ready for Papa Pope.
Cyrus, i aint shedding nan tear for you, you were seconds away from having hubby killed. i aint feeling your pain.
Mellie, go on and tell it. then you and Fitz can hate daddy together and be about the business of the White House.
Fitz, you stay getting read, your new knickname is Kindle.
Quinn, kill her please.
Huck, i need my master killer, crazy goon guy back.
“Yor new nickname is Kindle.” *DEAD*
LOVE IT – KINDLE!
Kindle? Love it!
And good point about Jake being Command. He is starting to read folks effortlessly.
‘Fitz, you stay getting read, your new knickname is Kindale.’
*screamed at Kindle* YES!!
KINDLE?!?!? Bwahahahahahahaha! Best nickname ever behind Lemony Snickett!
I agree with almost everything you said. ESPECIALLY regarding them spoled-arsed kids! WHOOOO CHILE! Disrespectful and jazzy-mouthed kids make me SICK! But not more than their parents, who allow the foolishness!
I like Quinn… She’s a pain in the rump, but they made her the person she is. And I like Huckleberry-Quinn (another funny nickname) as well.
BTW, I’m not sure how I missed it up until this episode, but Charlie is COMPLETELY BATSH1S!!! Lol!
After “The Help” gif, I’m really done.
Last night’s episode was one that required me to take notes. So many spinning parts.
A big Hello to the Grant children. It’s good to see you. Even better to know you are truly your parent’s children in all your feelings, nastiness, contempt, and nasty attitude. I was waiting for Lil Jerry to say “I am the SON of the Commander in Chief.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, whatever branch it was grown on. Ha!
I think Liv needs a vacation. She is not the fixer she once was. She’s not winning anymore. The VP candidate is telling her about glass houses, her mama tells her she’s the help, her people (the associates) are going rogue and have lost thier way (Quinn, Huck kissing Quinn, Harrison being played), her married boo is yelling at her yet gain AND he’s showing her that she was a scapegoat because his wife turned him away. Again, he’s butthurt. (Fitz is such a BOY)
Olivia Pope needs a vacation.
Fitz, Jake and Rowan keep playing this game, passing the ball around trying to show who’s in charge. They need to realize it’s Rowan. When it’s all said and done, Liv would be sad if something happened to Fitz or Jake but she will always be Rowan’s daughter.
Did you see that Rowan doesn’t drive himself? He has a driver. The benefits must be really good. Does he have a 401K or IRA?
If Jake has eyes on Ivan and Mama Pope, what is he waiting to see played out? El Scandalo!
“If Jake has eyes on Ivan and Mama Pope, what is he waiting to see played out?”
THIS! I was waiting for SOMEONE to mention that yes, Harrison got played…but Jake has Mama Pope, Adnan and their goon squad under surveillance. No matter what dude’s waiting on, Jake From State Farm actually impressed me by (apparently) being a step ahead of everyone else.
Didn’t Mellie tell Andrew in a flashback about Big Jerry raping her? If so, I think it might be Andrew who, in the middle of a heated confrontation, tells Fitz about the rape.
You know what?! I think you’re right. Andrew is probably gonna spill the beans about Big Jerry. Either way, Fitz needs to know.
Yes, I can definitely see Andrew throwing that in Fitz’s face. Just another man to show Fitz that he is not all that.
loved this episode ! i really dont think Fitz was just talking about sex . Remember how loved up he and Mellie were during the flash back episode. I think he was talking about the intimacy they used to share. Im sure they were having sex during the 10 years but he could see that to Mellie it had become just her duty and what man wants that. Also if the Grants are paying Liv for services rendered and part of her job description includes sleeping with FITZ (remember when she met with Mellie in the hotel room) what does that make Liv!
Mama Pope is everything . I hope she wont be killed off i need her fabulous self to stay around.
Olivia needs to find her life or get INYANLA quick before we change the name of this show from Scandal to TWELVE YEARS A PRESIDENTIAL SIDE PIECE !!!!
Twelve Years a Presidential side piece? HAHA! Thank you for that gift.
Mama Pope hasn’t been out of jail for a minute and she’s reading Olivia the half of the book that Daddy Pope misses.
She was ice cold.
Mellie and Fitz broke my heart. 10 years without any?
Lawd Lawd Lawd.
Ella looked so cute with the Devil Cyrus.
And, Jake should know better…he don’t want none of Rowan….
Quinn torturing Dimitri….she has fallen so….she likes it. She really likes it, but her ass better not sleep on Charlie. Charlie doesn’t seem like the type to be letting ‘ his woman’ sniff on another man.
Loved the recap and the gifs…LOL
Mama Pope ain’t never lied when she called Liv the help. I know that hurt Olivia to the core. Sheeeiit, it hurt me! I winced at those words, but Liv needed to hear it. I’m tired of her being walked all over, and staying as quiet as church mice in response. Idk about anyone else, but I’m also growing weary of how much focus there is on the WH, I miss Olivia the fixer. There’s also a bit too much focus on B613, but since that story line seems to be going somewhere I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
IMO this episode brought Liv back to to reality with a bump. Her mistress status was really clear this episode. I also totally disagree w/ thosewho believe the show glamorizes infidelity. Liv is MISERABLE. Not only that, she’s so alone. it really bothers me how she has no one tbh. No one to confide to, absolutely no one. as much as I enjoy Liv’s parents’ no nonsense behavior, i wish they’d act like parents and you know..talk to Liv like she’s actually their daughter?
Huckleberry Quinn have got to stop, they disgust me. It’s like watching a bro and sis make out. Charlie is crazy and prolly already knows Quinn is lyin. I thought Cyrus was finna have another heart attack when he went at jake. Baby Ella is SO adorable. I’m happy to see she’s still alive lol. And for the love of GOD, can Oliva P L E A S E invest is some better security we been sayin so for 2.5 seasons, it shouldn’t have been s easy for Adnan to get all that info. then i see Jake is banging down her door in the preview for next week’s episode? i can’t.
As for the Grant’s, i want mellie to tell fitz the truth about her being raped. I am 200% done with Olitz, and i really can’t see me going back at this point. I need Liv to schedule an appointment w/ Iyanla Vazant. truth be told i think she can do better than both jake and fitz.
So nobody was concerned about Shonda Rhimes perpetuating stereotypes that have plagued black women for years? Nobody’s bothered that Olivia is being referred to as a negro bed wench by people online?
Nobody was concerned that Olivia is being slut-shamed all over the place by all the white people and her parents as if in a universe where people are torturing people, killing people, rigging elections, and inducing babies prematurely, adultery is the worst thing that can happen?
Nobody is bothered that Shonda keeps Olivia Pope mute while the white people on the show read her for filth and call her a whore enough that even some of you people have started referring to her as such? Does that sound like any black woman that you know?
Nobody was bothered that the rhetoric over this season is that the black woman’s body isn’t as important as the white woman’s body?
Nobody is bothered that Olivia is being portrayed as a Jezebel, while Mellie is the Saint who kept her legs closed?
Nobody is bothered that Andrew was trying to screw his friends’ wife 12 years ago, and is now actually screwing that wife? Anybody going to refer to him as a whore? He willfully went after Mellie, long before Olivia ever turned up? Maybe it doesn’t count because he’s a man?
Nobody has bothered questioning the way that Olivia Pope has been torn down? In season one, she was ordering dictators around and taking names, and in season three the political nun who was super secretive is having screaming matches with her lover in a hotel room within earshot of her faux boyfriend?
All I felt last night was a sense of betrayal that the first black female lead character on network t.v in 40 years was being constantly slut-shamed and referred to as a whore. She’s being painted as an idiot who can barely put her own clothes on, and doesn’t have the sense that she was born with. I don’t recognise this Olivia Pope, do you?
Last night, Shonda threw character consistency and motivation out of the window and basically pushed the reset button. This show hasn’t really been about the badass D.C fixer all season, it’s been about the white people in the white house and their white people pain. Nobody cares about Olivia enough to examine her pain. Nobody cares about Olivia enough to see her humanity, and honestly, I find it depressing.
If Shonda Rhimes was a white showrunner, we would all be crying foul by now, but because she’s black, we think it’s ok to be represented in this way. Not me. I think it’s a disgrace, but then again, it’s been coming all season.
If this was a multiple choice question, I would pick “none of the above”, “does not apply” or any other negative cus whooo chile, this rant above…
Talk about laying your burdens down…
mamzelle>>> (*) this is me clicking the like button for your comment as i try to stifle my laugh.
I so agree with everything you’ve written Kendy.it’s as if you were writing directly from my thoughts.
This one’s for you Ms. Kendy!
Lawd, this……..I almost passed out. Yes Ms. Kendy needed to lay down her heavy load……
Cause I’ve seen Shonda write for people of color. Grey’s Anatomy is a prime example since it’s her longest running show. Two of the main characters are WOC. Sandra Oh and Chandra Wilson. They are fully formed humans and not stereotypes at all.
And might I add last week’s episode with Debbie Allen playing Mama Avery, Jackson’s mama.
She as quietfire said read him and his new bride April like Kindle!
EXHIBITS 1, 2 & 3
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvf2tw1xwcg
Grey’s Anatomy 10×16: All April and Jackson scenes
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2ScyLmbIz0&src_vid=Tvf2tw1xwcg&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_2551525199
Grey’s Anatomy 10×16: All April and Jackson scenes
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbLeK6Ss3is&src_vid=C2ScyLmbIz0&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_2009261851
Shonda & Co. knows exactly how to write and who to write for on her shows.
You betta read. While I’m not sure I agree with all of it, you make some good points. Send this to Joe Morton, I can totally hear him reciting this to Cyrus on a park bench.
If this was a multiple choice question, I would pick “none of the above”, “does not apply” or any other negative cus whooo chile, this rant above…
Talk about laying your burdens down…
I want James to come back and haunt all of their sorry arses. Jake for shooting him, waiting to usher him to the other side AND giving his condolences. Cyrus for putting a hit on him, twice, and having the nerve to say he brought it on himself. And David for selling him out to save his own hide.
They need to stop making Olivia so weak because they are about to lose a whole lot of folks. I get that we are all complicated and flawed, but she is getting clowned at every turn and it’s so far from where she started. I do not like it. When Mellie hit her with that “What are we paying you for?” I was waiting for a decent comeback. Hell Marie Wallace’s child is nobody’s punk!
I will stick around for more of Daddy Pope’s reads, but they need to get it together– soon.
Ok. Wait… that graphic of “The Help” with the Scandal cast’s heads on the bodies. LOLOLOLOL!!! Brilliant.
And 2 things:
(1) I bet Charlie was watching HuckleberryQuinn while they were on the bridge, from an undisclosed location.
(2) Popa Pope told Liv what she wanted to know about B316 cause he’s bought to get killed.
This episode had me tensing up, and letting go, then at a certain point, my draw dropped.
Kendy, Great write up. You nailed it. Other commentary are amusing to a point, but frankly worrisome. Odd that none else picked up how Olivia Pope narrative has become a clichéd portrayal of a black woman. I don’t see much difference between Tyler Perry’s portrayal of black folks, albeit his is comedic, and Shonda’s Scandal series 3. Disgraceful indeed.
Liv got just what she deserved by butting in on Fitz and his wife while they were having a serious conversation. Say what you will Fitz feelings towards Liv are true but he was mad because as he said there marriage was over because she turned him away. He said that he never would have cheated on her had it not been for that. Mellie is sort of to blame because Fitz does not know about the rape. I feel sorry for Liv be caused she was raped but she choose to keep this to herself and use it to her advantage . What good has that done for her she maybe in the whitehouse but at what cause?
The grant children are spoiled rotten brats. Who starts a twitter account against his own father and who talks to their mother that way. Mellie should have slapped her back to school. They should put those kids in their place.
Olivia is nobody’s maid. It is her job to clean up mess made by her clients and she is getting PAID. I wish I was a maid to make the bucks she is making. We all see where Shonda is going with this, no more Olitz for now it is Jake’ turn again until he gets to power hungry and we all see that right around the corner.
Whist I do not like and have not liked is how people are screwing all over the place never closing doors, kissing in front of windows, having sex wth your kids down the hall!!!!!! This is just crazy and stupid.
Liv is messes up because of her parents and the grant kids are the same neither getting the live they deserve from their parents.
Huck and Quinn will take so time to get used to.
I ave never been a fan of Jake and I am even less of one now. Who the hell is Jake to tell the Pres he ain’t his bitch he did not even have the job if not for Fitz. By the way great job of directing Tony G.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m kinda sad that Mellie got caught. I was rooting for her to get some getback. At the same time, I was screaming at the screen ‘Tell him, Mellie! Tell him!’
Liv was put into her place on this episode. She is truly the help, and Master’s personal whore. No matter how much he whispers in her ear (behind closed doors, in the cut, out of site of cameras) she is oh so unhappy. Go on and get with Jake, honey.
Jerry Jr. DOES have the deep voice, don’t he? I have a question, though. Is Karen the oldest? I didn’t realize they had a kid before him.
I have read a lot about Olivia being weak this season. I believe that she’s been easy because of the pregnancy. I think the end of the season is going to be her disappearing in some sort of way. Whether on her own, or by being kidnapped. Now that she’s digging into B613, I think someone’s going to snatch her ass up. Maybe her mom is going to grab her and hold her hostage or something. Idk. Just throwing some stuff out there.
1st thangs 1st, Big ups to Luvvie for breathing life into THE BEST SCANDAL RECAP EVER! Next, I hope Harrison aka Columbus Short don’t wind up needing the fictional and the real Olivia Pope to fix his mess. Flo Anthony was on The Wake Up Club (FM Morning Show) spilling all his tea hunty! Apparently, Columbus bout a month ago caught a charge against his wife of battery in front of their two kids. Then within 1-2 months time caught an addition assault charge (although seemed very provoked) in a club where he knocked a mofo out. He was arrested and charged, and has been let out on bail. Now, Isaiah Washington was a SUPER DUPER MAIN CHARACTER that Shondra Rhimes went to bat for and lost. So if the powers that be, feel like Columbus Short personal life is bad for Harrison’s look on Scandal…”rocka bye baby”!
I’m not gon add nothing else. Those damb gif’s!!!! Luvvies recap, y’alls comments had me cry-screaming-falling on the floor-lmao!!!! #thatisall
WHat kills me is…that everyone is making out w/ someone they are not supposed to be with and they are in the WHITE HOUSE, and no one thinks to lock a damn door! HULLO? of course someone is gonna walk the hell in and catch you!
I hope the writers’ plan is to have the downtrodden Olivia character rise up from her ashes like a Phoenix with her mojo back by season’s end. If not, I will not be watching Season 4. I will, however, keep reading Luvvie’s recaps and all the wonderful posts that follow.
The thing that strikes me the most is how worthless Fitz really is. I have no idea what big Jerry, Liv, Mellie or Cy see in him. He is nothing if not for the many folks propping him up behind the scenes. Yes Mellie never told him the truth about big Jerry, but she knew it would crush him if he knew the truth. Instead she crushed herself and Fitz was so insensitive he never thought that it might be about anything but him. Even now Mellie is scared to tell Fitz the truth.
ALL OF THIS!!! YASSSSS!
Let’s be real. When Mellie FINALLY breaks down and tells Fitz about Big Jerry raping her, there is a very real 50/50 chance that his childish arse might accuse her of seducing the man. Especially since he’s found out that she was dropping her panties for Governor Andrew.
I think that when Mellie does reveal what happened, it will increase Fitz’s internal conflict. This will create more complications in the love dodecahedron. He loves Olivia and has love for Mellie (you know-for old times sake). Finding out the truth may have him torturing himself over what could have been had Big Jerry’s degenerate ass not taken a huge chunk of Mellie’s soul.
Being that Fitz has always lived in Big Jerry’s shadow and was (correctly) filled with resentment, it will be interesting to see what decisions he makes to further shake those feelings of inadequacy.
Also, I wonder if Mellie will use that to her advantage. Just saying.
I don’t think Shonda will ever fully make this show about race. She deliberately keeps race out of all of her shows. Up until Mama Pope phone call, I don’t recall any scene coming even remotely close to projecting race. (Even then, it was just a tease because Cyrus considered himself the help also). Everyone on the show is flawed, but a flawed in a non-racial sense. A person of any race could step in and play any character.
The show is not about race. We, the viewers, are the ones projecting race into it.
With that said…I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the direction on the show, but not in a racial sense. Can we just go back to the format where Olivia successfully fixed other non-descript people’s problem and we watched the drama in her personal life unfold in the background?
I’d say Shonda has alluded to race through Rowan’s character. “You have to work twice as hard to get half” and the scene where Rowan read Fitz for filth. I also recall Cyrus saying Olivia is the “wrong hue” for many republican voters, and something along the lines of Sally Langston becoming pres would be disasturous for people like him and Liv. (Cyrus being gay, Liv being a black woman). Shonda doesn’t refer to race often but when she does it’s subtle and hits home IMO.
I kinda disagree about projecting, I think when there’s a black female character it’s natural to be concerned about representation and the implications. It’s not a “post-racial” show by any means.
Race is all in this show! “You are a boy!” “This is feeling a bit like Sally Hemmings Thomas Jefferson.” “You have to be twice as good.” “I’ve watched you press your hair.” Race is a part of everything, whether overtly or covertly, intentional or innocently. The sooner people realize that, the better off they will be.
Oh yeah, and let us not forget Sally referencing Cyrus’s sweet brown baby.
And to add: the classic Rose Garden scene in Season 2(?) where they had the Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemmings conversation.
Ashley already noted the Jefferson/Hemmings reference.
I hated those early episodes. Characters running in and out in a 40 minute time frame, never to be seen again. It’s like watching Scooby Doo. I’m so glad they got away from that SHEEET.
And give Fitz a break. he went 10 years without secks from his wife with no explanation/understanding of why. He was faithful that entire time. Even the strongest of men would falter. I’m sure he developed carpal tunnel and then his balls started turning royal blue! Something had to give.
Okay, okay, I have read everything, but I did not see one comment about that little girl bumping into Olivia like she was, well I hate to say it, but “the help.” How she know that Livi is her daddy’s ho? Answer my own question, see them kissing in the white house window.
Jake from State Farm is sex on a stick. When he had Cyrus in that head lock he was so cool, calm and collected, I dropped my undies the same way Adnan did and tried to toss them over to him. Jake brings out the carefully hidden skank in me.
Please powers to be, Shon, ghost of James, whoever else, PLEASE NO MORE HUCK AND QUINN, just saying it makes me queezy.
Luvvy love your recaps, and the funeral was histerical,
I was looking for this recap since 8:30 am! I don’t usually leave comments but I loved this episode and the recap and comments from other readers even more!
I think this epi was a turning point for Liv; I sense something big coming. It was sad but necessary for Liv to get slapped around verbally last night. I think she’s going to put on her ass stomping boots real soon.
Jake from State Farm has left State Farm! I near fell off the bed laughing when he told Fitz he couldn’t have his ball back gave his condolences to Cy (mean I know, but still!) I was hollering; I’m here for this Jake.
Harrison, Harrison, Harrison…boo, what happened? I have been waiting for your back story forever but you mean to tell me your weakness lies in the valley? That’s why you got in trouble? I’m hurt and disappointed.
The Grant kids, Andrew & Mellie…woo chile! That was a lot. I was hoping that Mellie would have told Fitz about the rape. Ma’am that was your time to lay it out. I wonder why the writers cut her off though, hmmm…
I’m ready for next week’s shenanigans and Luvvie’s recap
I was really upset that Mellie did not tell Fitz about the non-consented encounter w/ his Father. She needs to clear her name. He don’t like him anyways! That’s some love deep down small but there. I wonder if Mellie and Fitz could get passed this and reform their marriage??? Where is Olivia to go?
“Where is Olivia to go?—To lead a life of her own with a man of her own and unencumbered by the roiling mess that is the Grant family/White House. That’s where.
People are loosing their minds all over twitter and online about this episode and saying that the writers RECONNED the whole Fitz Mellie marriage .But to be honest we all saw a fairy tale where it didnt exist probably because of the great chemistry between TG AND KW. Let us be honest what Fitz told Olivia in S1 is what ALL married men tell their mistresses if not why do some single women hang around for years with a married boyfriend waiting for a divorce that never comes?
SR has writen a real life account of what being a side piece is really about Its no fairy tale it appears to be a belittling, degrading, humiliating and lonely experience and 99.9% of the time the man never leaves his wife .
Shes pulled away our rose coloured glasses and now everyone is butt hurt accusing her of degrading the first female black lead!!
Olivia has wasted 5 years of her life on a spoilt entitled married man, and is now back in the White House at his beck and call, working to get him reelected so she can put her life on hold for an additional 4 years, hoping for a prize (VERMONT) that might never come.This episode i think was meant to be a reality check for her and for us the viewers.
I dont know what Shonda and her writers have in store for OLITZ but I for one am glad SHONDA IS KEEPING IT REAL!
COSIGN! Rhimes and her writers are not going in the linear fashion. This show might seem one dimensional and superficial but it is NOT. For me, season 3 episodes are ALL about further character development.
Any great writer(s) knows that a great story/stories requires great characters. Great stories are character-driven not plot-driven. When you can weave both great characters and plots, you get masterful writing.
Also, because Kerry Washington was pregnant during the filming of these episodes, Rhimes and her writers have brilliantly taken this opportunity to dig deep and bring layers not only to Olivia’s character but all the characters.
Life is MESSY, mixed and sprinkled with those moments of sheer pleasure, joy, and goodness. Scandal’s just holding up a mirror for us to explore and entertain ourselves.
I always read but have never commented before. I just wanted to agree with this wholeheartedly.
Olitz was magical & so many of us got so wrapped up in it. Now real life is bursting into the relationship from all sides & it isn’t pretty!
Shonda has told us over & over that life isn’t a fairy tale & she is sticking with that.
Olivia has ALWAYS been the side piece, that’s nothing new & if she is the help, she’s earning big bucks for it, as is Cyrus!
Just my two cents…..
I have to say, I don’t know why AIRBODY is hatin’ on the Grant kids. It was very obvious from the beginning of the episode that Fitz barely gives half a damn about his children – the only reason we are finally meeting them (in Season 3!) is because he needs to use them for a interview with the press, otherwise their asses would still be in boarding school. I think they have every right to be disrespectful and outraged.
I hate to say it but the actress who plays Quinn just isn’t sexy enough to pull off these “femme fatale/Body Heat” scenes with Huck that Shonda and her writers keep creating. And Huck has been made too crazy to carry off his scenes anymore, even though the actor is sexy. It’s like the show doesn’t even realize how ridiculous these two are as a couple. When Huck was hiding in Quinn’s apartment – did she know he was there because she’s such a great spy now, or because he was still funky from that earlier episode?
Quinn was fine as a public person who was accidentally dragged into Olivia Pope’s world and in over her head, but even back then, I felt the actress was miscast, and really should be working at the mall at Cinnabon. Making Quinn a badass because the script says so, doesn’t mean that we believe in the transformation.
I’m also very uncomfortable with the way torture is used on this show. Military studies have shown that torture hasn’t always proven affective when getting information – but the way Quinn is so excited to torture, and the way the show doesn’t seem to comment on this – feels sick and problematic, as just another kicky sideplot. I really don’t need this kind of political insensitivity from a black woman. I see a direct connection between turning a blind eye to torture and police brutality of African Americans. The show needs to be more responsible in its politics.
Are we going to acknowledge the fact that the governor also played a character named Fitz on The Closer or is it just me?
Mama Pope told it just like she saw it, Liv you ARE the help. You could tell that hit home w/Liv or else she wouldn’t have brought it up to Cyrus later. Heck in fact, Mama Pope mighta told Cyrus he was the help at some point because he owned up to it. LOL Mellie is clearly an amateur at sneaking around, she should ask Fitz how he manages so well. Papa Pope telling off Jake didn’t do nary as much as Jake telling off Papa Pope, to me. The “when I decide to kill you”…quip tripped me slam out. I want to make it illegal for Quinn and Huck to ever share a screen together.
All I have to say is….
HUNTY MY HAIR IS LAID LIKE BABY TEDDY AND HIS BLUE MAGIC SIDE PART!
as quiet as it’s kept…